The Press

South Gate plans building upgrades

SOUTH GATE — The city plans to upgrade the long-closed Los Angeles County courthouse, next to City Hall at 8650 California Ave., and restore the house of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Glenn Seaborg, who lived in the city from 1922 to 1934, behind the South Gate Museum with plans to relocate it a few hundred yards north to Glenn Seaborg Drive.

To restore the courthouse, long considered as a possible community center or veterans facility, the City Council June 9 allocated $1 million to that project and $2 million to capital projects with another $1 million placed in the general fund reserve.

Plans are to renovate the former courthouse for a community resource center, but it will be done in phases as money becomes available, said Steve Lefever, director of community development.

City Manager Michael Flad said the general fund budget for 2015-16, approved by the council June 9, estimates revenue of about $42.6 million and spending of approximately $42.5 million with a balance of $123,837 on June 30, 2016.